Greenhouse gas emissions are a known contributor to climate change and the rise of pollution and disease. As a health care provider, we understand that it’s our responsibility to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, even as we grow our services.
Our 2025 goal: We will become “carbon net positive” by buying enough clean energy and carbon offsets to remove more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than we emit.
Health effects of climate change include asthma and other lung conditions from air pollution, the spread
of infectious diseases, heat stroke, trauma from extreme weather events, and emerging pathogens.
Kaiser Permanente has been at the forefront of embracing clean energy solutions, developing standards for sustainable building in health care,
and constantly looking for ways to cut back our energy consumption. We take a two-pronged approach to this:
Already a leading user of green power, Kaiser Permanente is engaging in three more renewable energy projects that will generate 590 million kilowatt hours of power a year. That’s equivalent to the amount of electricity used by more than 82,000 American homes a year. These projects will make Kaiser Permanente one of the top users of green power in the country and will allow our health care system to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in 2017 compared to our 2008 baseline. Meeting our 2025 goal will require continued innovation.
Maximizing energy efficiency
Kaiser Permanente looks for ways to gain efficiencies in our use of energy throughout all of our facilities. We are committed to monitoring our greenhouse gas emissions as an organization and are working to strike a balance between organizational growth and environmental impact.
By reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and reducing our overall energy consumption, we are working to minimize our impact on the climate. The fact that we’re also reducing operating costs is good news for our members.
What you can do
- During the daytime, turn off the lights and use natural lighting. When possible open your blinds to brighten up the room.
- Turn off coffee machines, televisions, fans and other small appliances that would otherwise remain on. Look for opportunities to unplug office devices like phone chargers when not in use — they still consume energy even when they are not being used.
- Shut down your computer and monitor or enable your computer and monitor to sleep during periods of inactivity.
- Install motion sensors for your lighting, especially in laundry rooms, basements, walk-in closets and garages.
- Choose ENERGY STAR qualified equipment for your home. ENERGY STAR appliances are designed to consume less energy than other appliances when in standby mode.
- Hang dry your laundry. In the average household, clothes dryers are the third largest energy consuming appliance.